Northern California Educational Leadership Consortium

NorCal Educators' Digest

Join the NorCal ELC Network and we’ll send you an email when each newsletter is available. Our newsletter is an information source for project activities, events, resources, school success stories, and hot topics for schools in the Shasta Region of 21CSLA.

NorCal Educator's Digest

May 2022

NorCal ELC’s 2nd Annual Summer Leadership Institute

As the NorCal ELC enters its third year, bringing three cohorts of educators together to network, learn and share about their equity centered problems of practice will be an engaging celebration of teams’ progress. The morning of Day 1 will lead off with an interactive keynote by Gretchen Livesey, Vice President of Partner Impact, Turnaround for Children, on the Whole Child Framework and the Science of Learning and Development. 

The afternoon of Day 1 will include options for educators to choose a content session to deepen their learning in a variety of topics such as : equity, social & emotional learning, leadership and improvement. The keynote and content sessions will  be accessible to the public after the event. On Day 2, ELC teams who participated in Cohort 2 (2021-22) will share progress on their projects through five minute “Ignite” presentations. Opportunities to connect with other educators across the north state will support sustainability for spreading successful improvement efforts. View our event flyer here.(opens in new window)

To view last year’s presentations see the YouTube Channel housing themhere.

For more information about the Summer Leadership Institute or Year 3, Cohort 3 NorCal ELC opportunities, contact Dr. Michael Kotar at

Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind

How State & Federal Resources Can Address the Challenges of COVID-19 & Wildfire Displacement in CA Rural Schools

Nearly a quarter million students attend school in rural areas of California. The UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools has released a policy brief that discusses the distinct challenges faced by rural schools and explores state and federal resources that may be leveraged to move toward solutions.  The brief describes the challenges and follows with these solutions:

  1. Expand our Notion of Safety in Rural Schools
  2. Foster Educator Pipelines, Competitive Compensation,and Credentialing Support
  3. Bridge the Digital Divide
  4. Community Schools

View full brief here. (PDF)

Spotlighting Rural Teacher Stories in the North State

I Am A Rural Teacher Podcast

Jan Mathews, a middle school science teacher in Gridley, California, shares her experience with cultivating the next generation of community leaders for this episode of the I am a Rural Teacher Podcast. “By helping students recognize the importance of connecting to each other and their shared place, Jan provides them the pathways to become leaders in their school and community.”

Listen and/or read the full story.

Teachers in Rural Places Face Unique Challenges of Secondary Trauma

Anne Schulte, Professional of Education at California State University, Chico and Devon Brenner,  professor of teacher education at Mississippi State University identify the unique challenges faced by rural educators. In this article they outline the impacts of secondary trauma and make suggestions for system response as well as  self-care.

Read the full story.

Summer 2022 Workshops and Resources

Improvement Science Promoting Equity in Schools

A free summer workshop in Madera sponsored by 21CSLA that will be hosted July 17 – 19, 2022.

Learn more and register.

California Academy of Sciences - Teacher Workshops for Summer 2022

Low cost, inspiring science workshops for teachers. Attend online and/or in-person this summer!

Browse workshops.

KQED Teach (PBS)

Summer media courses for teachers, all free.

Learn more.

Tools to Support Root Cause Analysis from System Improvement Leads

Root cause analysis tools to support continuous improvement.

Browse tools.

California Educators Together

A community of practice that provides a common space to communicate, share strategies, and access resources. 

Join today!

California Safe and Supportive Schools Newsletter

Resources to develop practical strategies and programs to address student mental health needs and improve school climate.

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Contribute a Northern California School Picture

Would you like to see a picture from your school on our NorCal ELC website? We love the almond picture on our website, but our project is about P-12 educators and their students, schools and communities in Northern California. We invite you to send us a picture so website visitors can see our fantastic school and students. Since these pictures will be made public you must have district permissions in place for their publication.

Send pictures to Blanca Estrada, NorCal ELC’s Website Developer.